Mr. Albert Kwesi Quainoo, Public Relations Director for Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCO) has revealed passionately that activities of illegal miners in the country are putting impediments in their patrol responsibilities.
Speaking at a town hall meeting organized by Media Coalition Against Galamsey (MCAG) in collaboration with the Ministry of Information and National Commission on Civic Education as part of efforts to help sensitize communities on importance of eradication of illegal mining, he said the company has oversight responsibility over about five thousand kilometers of power line locations and two thirds of these power lines are situated in the Eastern, Western and Ashanti Regions which are known to be areas prone to incessant illegal mining activities.
Also present at the meeting was Dr. Karikari lead consultant for the Multilateral Mining Integrated Project (MMIP) an initiative by the government of Ghana designed to streamline mining movements. He explained that efforts by past governments have failed to adequately address the ills emanating from illegal mining activities and pollution of water bodies. Dr. Karikari said government has decided to adopt the multilateral stakeholder approach to resolve the situation.
He disclosed that during the tenure of the Provisional National Defense Council (PNDC), small scale mining was defined as “exploration of some minerals using rudimentary tools at low level production with minimal capital investment”, however this was changed by the Minerals Commission in 2006. He also emphasized that contribution of both legal and illegal mining to the economy increased from 22% in 1989 to 31% in 2016. He expressed worry about the fact that taxing miners in the country is very difficult and that irregularity must be rectified. In conclusion he affirmed that the MMIP will assist miners geologically in exploration.
Source: Agoo FM News/Ghana